DJing with monitoring
At the most basic level, I am considering DJing a set without my turntables, and instead using my Mac and Ableton. The problem is that the Mac has only a single stereo output, so I can't cue or monitor. I think I know what I need to be able to do this, but I want input and confirmation that I'm going about it the right way.
To have monitor/cue ability, I plan to get a dual stereo output audio interface, such as the M-Audio FastTrack Pro. I will connect the audio interface to my Mac via USB, and then the audio outputs (1/2) to Channel 1 of my mixer, and outputs (3/4) to Channel 2 of my mixer. The M-Audio Fast Track Pro has an A/B toggle switch for monitoring straight out of this device, but I want to be able to use my mixer instead. I think this will work as I have described, but correct me if I'm wrong please.
Next, I plan to use my Akai APC40 to trigger clips, so I will simply connect this to my Mac via USB cable.
1. Is the M-Audio Fast Track PRO the right gear for this? I'm trying to not spend too much money, but I also want reliable gear with the needed capability.
2. Will this setup provide cue/monitor capability?
3. Can I simplify this setup at all? It seems redundant that I'm not using the crossfader on the Akai APC40.... that is, I will have 2 crossfaders in my setup, but only use my mixer's crossfader.
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